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August Photo Blogging Challenge

I really enjoy participating in the monthly photo blogging challenge hosted by a 'lilhoohaa.  This month's challenge was "Rule of Thirds."  Apparently this is a basic rule in photography composition.  It was different for me to think about a rule, rather than just eyeballing the photograph.  I'm still not sure I followed the rule precisely, but here are five photos that might at least partially comply: 

Photo:  The St. George Temple, between two trees
Photo:  The front of the St. George Temple 
This next photo could have followed the rule of thirds better, but I still liked the shot:
Photo:  A sunset appears to be just above the road.
Another shot that should have been more off-center:
Photo:  Sunset in smoky skies, with fir trees in bottom third of photo.

Photo:  A tree forms an arch over a path in the Hoh Rain Forest in Washington state.
Be sure to go visit a 'lilhoohaa to see the other photos in the link-up!  

Do you use the Rule of Thirds in your photos?

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  1. Love the pictures, rules or no rules.... Especially the last one! That's a place we really need the visit! Wow.
    Mostly I try to make a nice composition, but the rule of thirds is new to me.... Good tip though, and will try to remember.

    1. That tree was in the Olympic National Park in Washington State, in the Hoh Rain Forest.

  2. I love all your shots, I can see you have used your rule of thirds in your images, i especially like the sunset at the end of the road.

    1. Thank you. It was a really stunning sight, and I just had to get a photo.

  3. Your pictures are always beautiful, Kristi.

  4. Yes, I try to think about the grid when I snap photos, but usually, I will crop them afterwards so I don't obsess about it.

    1. You know, when I read your comment, I thought, "That's right--there is a setting on the camera that places a grid on the screen!" I don't know why I didn't make the connection sooner.

  5. If I have a lot of time to compose a shot, I try and use the rule. But cropping in post production is my best friend! I like your take on the theme and your shots are lovely!

    1. Aha! Cropping for the rule of thirds! I'm learning new things every day.

  6. That tree is amazing, nice photos for this month.

    1. Thanks. I knew I had to get a photo of that tree!

  7. Like the Tired Teacher above I tend to think about it more when I am cropping something but I am often aware of it and try. I love the picture of the arched tree!

  8. I love learning from the comments of others. I don't know if there is a grid on my old camera or not. I'll check on that. For now if necessary I crop.
    I really like that last photo a lot.

    1. Thanks. I really like that last photo, too. That tree was amazing!

  9. The beauty of our challenge is so you hopefully think differently or a little more in-depth about the "theme" and I think you did that wonderfully. You have a nice set of images for the month! Great work!


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